NAVA Apparel’s Men’s ‘Ndebele’ Classic Desert Shoes are a modernised version of the original South African ‘veldskoen’ in pecan brown leather with a multi colour tribal pattern design cotton weave fabric and pecan brown leather trim finish. The interior of the shoes are fully lined with leather and fitted with Italian fiber board innersoles, covered with latex foam insoles wrapped in leather for your comfort. Italian fiber boards are much more breathable and durable, lasting up to 10 years which helps prevent soles from splitting in half. Fitted with 100% genuine eco rubber soles for outstanding quality and good grip, which are hand stitched into the fiber board insoles. All NAVA Apparel shoes are handmade by local South African craftsman.
‘Ndebele’ is a Bantu nation and ethnic group in Southern Africa, who share a common Ndebele culture and Ndebele language. The Northern Ndebele were historically referred to as the Matabele which was a European corruption of ‘Ndebele’. Their history began when a Zulu chiefdom split from King Shaka in the early 18th century under the leadership of Mzilikazi, a former chief in his kingdom and ally. Under his command the disgruntled Zulus went on to conquer and rule the chiefdoms of the Southern Ndebele. This was where the name and identity of the eventual kingdom was adopted.